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Acronyms and abbreviations you may come across during your family history research.

  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Genealogical Acronyms and Abbreviations

    Below are some websites listing abbreviations and acronyms used by family historians. If you know of any other good non commercial sites please send me a private message with the URL and I will add it to the list. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rigenweb/abbrev.html ...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 07-06-2014 1:30 PM
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Abbreviations on Merchant Seamen's Records


    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 07-06-2014 1:20 PM
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Army Abbreviations

    The Royal Anglian and Royal Lincolnshire Regimental Assoc have posted one of the most extensive lists of army definitions that I've seen. Here No doubt someone's going to come up with something they've forgotten! Let me know if you do.

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 22-01-2014 5:14 PM
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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Chapman Codes

    You will notice that Chapman Codes have been added to the county forum titles. Chapman Codes were devised by Colin Chapman and relate to pre 1974 UK counties. Many researchers use place codes such as: Harrow MDX and Exeter DVN etc to clearly identify places. This is particularly useful where...

    Started by Jan1954‎, 19-10-2008 3:39 PM
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    Feeling really stupid - what is a GSU number? I have noticed on a few threads recently that the GSU number has had to be removed as it is copyright. (I don't want to get into bother by quoting something that I shouldn't!) Thanks Jellylegs

    Started by Jellylegs‎, 07-08-2009 11:00 PM
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  2. Question amy/emma

    hi my ggrandmother's name was Amy but two census back she becomes Emma all other family members remain the same. has any one heard of these names being linked. have found birth certificate for Emma and death for Amy neither in opposite names can they be the same person?

    Started by annemc‎, 22-07-2009 11:13 AM
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  3. Whats the meaning of... Base Daughter?

    Hi Can anybody let me know what it means when you see Base Daughter written down on a birth tanscript? Thank you for your time.

    Started by Ron K‎, 15-07-2009 1:28 PM
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  4. What does this mean?

    What was "Hy" short for in male names? As in Charles Hy Hampson! This was the name registered on a census form.

    Started by Pamelawagster‎, 13-07-2009 2:03 PM
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  5. Question Alias??

    I keep coming across Alias in my mothers family in Cornwall, and I've read a few articles about ailas's and no one seems to be sure of their exact connotations,but the other day I was looking at an old family tree in the Visitations of Cornwall, and I noticed how the spelling changed through the...

    Started by Hugh Thompson‎, 21-07-2008 12:22 PM
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  6. What's a Pet. Crs.

    Used in old Law Journals (1832-1949). Seen this when researching old bankruptcies. First the person is named Then the Sols (solicitor) and then the Pet. Crs. Petitioned Creditors maybe? the main folk that money was owed to? Thanks Betsy

    Started by bwarnerok‎, 25-01-2009 5:07 PM
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  7. Question birth certificateHi

    Hi I am looking for an explanation for NOT PERMITTED on a birth certificate next to the mother's name. Please will someone give an explanation for this. Jean

    Started by jean scholz‎, 06-04-2009 10:19 PM
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  8. What is IGI?

    I've seen a number of people comment that they have found records in IGI, but what exactly is IGI?

    Started by aquiss‎, 28-03-2009 10:58 AM
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    28-03-2009, 11:24 AM Go to last post
  9. true or false letters after name

    I have a copy of a letter written by a man we will call John Smith, which doesn't affect the meaning of the acronyms at all. His letter head states John Smith, C.E., & Son D'pl'ee.: S'c., Art, Build.' Constc.', SKL T.U. - CRAFSTMEN - ERECTORS It is set out exactly as I have set it out. ...

    Started by christanel‎, 23-02-2009 2:14 AM
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  10. Question 1861 Scottish census - terminology used

    A Query from a member of my English Genealogy Facebook Group His query is, on a record he has from the 1861 Scottish census, regarding the terminology used. It states that Nicholas Labone born around 1833 was a "(Nattson No 3 Brith Subject),". What does this mean please?

    Started by cguil_uk‎, 25-03-2009 10:34 AM
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  11. Question Abbreviation meaning

    My ancestor, John Searles and his family are present on the 1841 census living within a place called 'Union House Academy' ( a school I think ) on Ballards Lane, Finchley, Barnet, London. They are not registered as teachers or pupils but next to John Searles name ( and a few others above him ) is...

    Started by Michelle Oxborough‎, 29-06-2008 11:52 AM
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  12. Settlement order of 1694

    I have a copy of a settlement order which is headed "The humble petition of William Clark one of the sons of Thomas Clark" and it was listed in the CRO on-line catalogue under William's name. However the body of the document does not refer to William again by name. I don't know the proper...

    Started by Degan‎, 26-01-2009 8:28 PM
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  13. Dating documents?

    I have been prowling the archives lately and have a quick question on the dates. For example a document is dated 21 Henry VIII. Does this mean the 21st year of Henry's reign? Many thanks. Wayne

    Started by Wayne Langman‎, 24-01-2009 8:20 PM
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  14. CB - Possibly Not Companion of the Bath ?

    My great grandfather JOSEPH AINSCOW was born 1851 - Crewe - Cheshire. He studied at Manchester University (then Owens College) - and was a member of the Crewe Mechanics Institute. He was a recipient of the Sir Joseph Whitworth scholarship and medal - and that organisation has confirmed that...

    Started by Lins_Australia‎, 22-01-2009 4:15 AM
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  15. He's a what??

    Is there anybody who has any idea what on earth an 'Assistant SC and T' might be. One of my husband's ancestors, William Flanigan, has his occupation described as this in the 1911 census. If it's any help, he is boarding with a couple in Pulborough, Sussex and the husband is a 'Fitter.' In 1901 he...

    Started by Tinker‎, 15-01-2009 8:13 PM
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  16. Vomica Terra

    Hello, Vomica Terra interesting words of Latin which I read in a old document about 30 years ago. I have a translation and it's possible meaning from various sources. Has anybody encountered these words before. Nigel

    Started by Nigel‎, 18-12-2008 10:49 PM
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  17. Red face Parish Register

    I have just started to go through my first PR CD Can you please help overcome my stupidity? A typical marriage line reads- Gentel Ann (x) wid otp dau of Rowland Piggot lab. So I read from this that Ann is a widow and also the daughter of Rowland. What does/did the (x) and ...

    Started by Keith Daniells‎, 30-11-2008 1:56 AM
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  18. Catshill, Bromsgrove CNSD

    Catshill, Bromsgrove, CNSD Appears in the 'Where born' column of my granfather's birth certificate. (Might even be CW8O, it's hand-written.) Does anyone have any idea what this abreviation might be in this context? Mother is given as living in Catshill, Bromsgrove.

    Started by Landofrainbows‎, 16-11-2008 4:43 PM
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  19. Roman Catholic Priests...

    Anyone know what the C.M.R. initials stand for after the name of a Roman Catholic priest? And would such a person always be referred to as "Father"? (I know D.D.= Doctor of Divinity, as most of my folks were Anglican or Methodist, but I am now embarking into Québec marriages by dispensation...

    Started by Mary Anne‎, 12-11-2008 10:23 PM
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  20. Workhouse Abbreviations??

    Hi My ancestor was admitted to the City Road Workhouse, Hoxton, London in 1887 and in the "Observations On Condition At Time Of Admission and General Remarks" it says S, W or M for single, married or widowed, but next to it, it says SR or LR. On occasions it says "6 days" "6 years" or "11 years"...

    Started by benny1982‎, 12-04-2008 9:19 PM
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